Flu in the U.S. is On the Rise: Is Getting the Shot a Waste of Time?

I’ve always been a little skeptical of the flu shot. In fact, I’ve had it only once in my life and that was because my job required it. Guess what? I ended up with the flu a couple of days later and it was horrible. The flu is on the rise in the United States, and incidentally, more and more employers are requiring the vaccine.

Which leaves me wondering – is this vaccine worth it? Does it really protect against the flu? I’m no doctor or anything, but I’m still not convinced. Here’s why:

The Way It’s Made May Not Be Effective

Still sick from flu
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In 2016, the flu vaccine had a 46% success rate in the United States. Not even half the people who got it had protection against the flu. Some experts are chalking this up to the way the manufacturers are producing the vaccine.

Apparently, scientists are using eggs to grow the virus strains. Eggs have various proteins in them. One of the proteins, unfortunately, can modify the virus strain. What happens then? The virus alters, making the vaccine worthless.